In a statement on Monday, Indian Railways said that it had invited fresh tenders for making semi-high speed train sets, focusing on domestic manufacturers. The move comes nearly a month after the cancellation of the tender to manufacture 44 Vande Bharat train sets. The government wants to promote the ambitious Make in India project, focusing on domestic manufacturers.

The Railway Ministry said in a statement that it has invited revised tenders for semi high speed 44 Vande Bharat trains, for which a pre-bid meeting will be held on September 29. The ministry said that the tender will open on November 17, 2020.

According to Railway Ministry officials, train sets will be manufactured at ICF / Chennai, RCF / Kapurthala, and MCF / Rae Bareli. It will be local (indigenous) tender and in two phases.

The ministry also said that the tender has been divided into three phases. The ministry said that this is the first major tender under the revised DPIIT norms of self-sufficient India. The local content ratio will be a minimum of 75 percent.

Earlier, on 22 August, the Railways canceled the tender for the construction of 44 cm high-speed Vande Bharat trains, which were invited last year.

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